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Different Game

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A misconception should be cleared up at the outset. The typical classification of Makana as a world music artist specializing in the Hawaiian style of slack key guitar playing may call to mind an exotic, traditional sound, but Different Game, his fourth album, is nothing like that. A listener coming upon it without knowing of the artist's background would never suspect Makana's origins. This is an album within a familiar tradition, but not a Hawaiian one. The antecedents are early-'70s folk-rock singer/songwriters like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and John Denver, or, later on, adult contemporary pop
ockers like Kenny Loggins and Phil ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
A misconception should be cleared up at the outset. The typical classification of Makana as a world music artist specializing in the Hawaiian style of slack key guitar playing may call to mind an exotic, traditional sound, but Different Game, his fourth album, is nothing like that. A listener coming upon it without knowing of the artist's background would never suspect Makana's origins. This is an album within a familiar tradition, but not a Hawaiian one. The antecedents are early-'70s folk-rock singer/songwriters like James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and John Denver, or, later on, adult contemporary pop
ockers like Kenny Loggins and Phil Collins. Makana, a guitar virtuoso, does break out the occasional solo, in a style that some will find closer to the Southwest than the Pacific Islands. But for the most part, he is interested in creating melodic soft rock/pop songs full of romantic clich├ęs and sensitive sentiments that he sings earnestly. When he drifts to other subjects, it's to look at the Iraq War from an agonized GI's perspective ("Mars Declares") or criticize the star-making machinery of the music business ("Necksnap Blues"), the kind of topics other singer/songwriters have also felt drawn to. There is a large baby-boomer audience that would welcome the familiar sound of Different Game if it ever got to hear the record. For that to happen, however, it will have to be rescued from the world music bin and exposed to the kind of contemporary adults who can appreciate it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Punahele Productions
  • UPC: 826217110727
  • Catalog Number: 71107
  • Sales rank: 135,825

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Away (4:26)
  2. 2 Interlude I (0:26)
  3. 3 Mars Declares (3:46)
  4. 4 Different Game (2:56)
  5. 5 Necksnap Blues (5:10)
  6. 6 So We Say Goodbye (3:38)
  7. 7 Interlude II (0:25)
  8. 8 New Love Song (3:40)
  9. 9 Reflections (Throwing Stones) (4:18)
  10. 10 Interlude III (0:14)
  11. 11 Flood II (4:22)
  12. 12 Home (3:16)
  13. 13 Goodnite Friend (3:00)
  14. 14 Time of Being (3:39)
  15. 15 Shooting Star (5:49)
  16. 16 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Makana Primary Artist
Chadwick Salls Electric Bass
Jason Halbert Keyboards
Dwight A. Baker Drums, Sounds
Technical Credits
Makana Composer
Dwight A. Baker Producer, Engineer
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